Everything You Need to Throw Your Very Own Candy Coated Christmas Viewing Party
The movie begins streaming exclusively on discovery+ November 19!
We’re only a few short days away from the premiere of our first-ever scripted holiday movie, Candy Coated Christmas, and we couldn’t be more excited! Set in the fictional town of Peppermint Hollow, the film stars the Pioneer Woman herself — Ree Drummond — plus a cast full of other fabulous actors and actresses, like Molly McCook, Aaron O'Connell and Lonzo Liggins. At a recent event with Discovery employees, Ree revealed that she'll be throwing a viewing party to celebrate the film's debut. We couldn't think of a better way to commemorate the extra-special occasion than by throwing one of our own — and we think you should, too! From the decor to the menu, here's your ultimate viewing party checklist!
Transform Your Viewing Space
Give your guests a one-of-a-kind viewing experience by transforming your living room into the ultimate winter wonderland. Though you can watch Candy Coated Christmas on a laptop, setting up a screen and projecting it on your kitchen or living room wall will make all your party-comers feel like they're sitting at their very own Hollywood movie premiere. To really play up the holly jolly vibes, we recommend scattering handfuls of imitation snow around your mantle and table top and draping some cozy throw blankets and festive pillows on your couch and chairs. Stringing up holiday decorations, like the whimsical felt garland, jumbo snowflakes and colorful 3D trees found below, are also an easy way to dress up your space, plus putting them together makes the perfect kid-friendly distraction before the opening credits begin.
Mint-tify Your Menu
Peppermint plays a very important role in Candy Coated Christmas — the movie takes place in the "peppermint capital of the world" after all! Ree's character, Bee, also makes quite a few mint-flavored treats throughout the film — which you can make yourself by clicking on the photo gallery below. If you're looking for even more refreshing takes on peppermint, check out our listing of the 50 Best Peppermint Treats. It's filled with unique and colorful offerings like Peppermint Biscotti, Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies and Peppermint Marshmallows to name a few.
Don't forget about the table decor! We recommend stacking all of your homemade desserts onto large platters that can be easily passed around between your guests. Providing them with some cute paper plates and disposable napkins also makes clean-up an absolute breeze at the end of the night.
Create a Signature Drink
If we had to assign a go-to drink to the residents of Peppermint Hollow, peppermint mocha would get our vote. Make a big batch of your own Snowman-inspired version or choose from some of these adult or kid-friendly options. They pair perfectly with Christmas cookies!
If you're pressed for time, store-bought herbal peppermint tea and peppermint hot cocoa mix make perfect party drink alternatives. We love the idea of serving whatever drink you choose in festively-shaped novelty cups, like the merry and bright sippy light bulbs below. Not only are they absolutely charming, your friends and family can take them home with them when they leave.
Set the Holly Jolly Mood
Apart from the decor, there's no better way to get everyone in the holiday spirit than by providing some seasonal ambience. To do this, follow our lead and light your favorite holiday-scented candle (bonus points if it’s peppermint-scented!), dim the lights and pump up the volume on some beloved Christmas tunes. Your guests can even do some holiday karaoke or Christmas carolling as they wait for the film to start!
Outfit Your Guests
We’ll happily accept any excuse to wear pajamas during the day, and we have a sneaking suspicion the entire Drummond family would feel the same exact way. To ensure that your guests not only feel the holiday spirit, but look like it too, we recommend gifting them matching sets of Christmas pj’s, which they can all don while watching Candy Coated Christmas. To really bring the look together, go with a striped design and buy some fluffy holiday slippers and some quirky Christmas headbands, too! Just think of all the precious photos you can take throughout the evening.
Don't Forget the Party Favors!
One of Ree's — er Bee's — first scenes in the film shows her bringing a basket of freshly baked Christmas goodies over to a neighbor’s house. Because no gathering is complete without a party favor, gift all your fellow movie watcher’s with their very own Bee’s Bakery treat box at the end of the night. For a personalized touch, add a monogrammed mug and a hot cocoa stir stick, which they can use during their second viewing of the movie. Be sure to have some paper to-go boxes on hand too, so guests can take some of your handmade sweets with them when they depart.